2017/18 Budget - Events calendar will have residents cheering

Date published: 27 June 2017

World-class basketball during the Commonwealth Games and a 12 day Arts and Cultural Festival are the headline acts in a year packed with events for Townsville residents.

Almost $4.3 million will be spent to provide events across the city over the next year with the V8 Supercars and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra tour that will occur during 2017/18.

Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the Cultural Festival combined with the Commonwealth Games will be a great time to be in Townsville.

“Townsville will be buzzing for 12 days in April when the Commonwealth Games is in full swing and the Arts and Cultural Festival will bring people together,” Cr Doyle said.

“Tens of thousands of Townsville residents and visitors from across the country and the world will be able to watch international sport and take part in the cultural festival in what will be one of the most diverse events in the city for a number of years.

“Along with the Commonwealth Games, Townsville will still play host to its big annual events like ANZAC Day and Australia Day, Carols by Candlelight, New Year’s Eve, Heritage Day and Eco Fiesta in the coming financial year.

“For the first time Townsville will also have an Ashes lead-up game with England taking on Australia A and host three pool matches of the Rugby League World Cup.”

Families through to arts aficionados can look forward to a year rich with cultural experiences.

53 exhibitions featuring international, national and local artists will be on display at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Pinnacles Gallery and through the community’s creative spaces.

The city’s three theatres as well as outdoor performance spaces will continue to offer a host of live performances from headline companies including Opera Australia’s Marriage of Figaro, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Australian Festival of Chamber Music and Australian Dance Theatre.


  • $1.1M events calendar including, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, Carols by Candlelight, New Year’s Eve, Heritage Day and Eco Fiesta.
  • $1.3M for galleries including the Strand Ephemera and Percivals.
  • Host City for Commonwealth Games basketball and Arts and Cultural Festival.
  • 53 exhibitions and 15 major shows in city’s galleries and theatres.

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